“I submitted an invoice” to modify the tendering process for garbage collection
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) – As the city of Fort Wayne lobbies to change state rules regarding the tendering process for solid waste collection services, a local lawmaker tells ABC21 he is backing no only change – he introduced legislation to make it happen.
State Representative Martin Carbaugh authored HB1286, which would allow municipalities across the state to “contract for the collection and disposal of solid waste through an application process. of proposals instead of a tendering process â. Under the current code, only the City of Indianapolis is permitted to use the âRFPâ approach; others, including Fort Wayne, must award garbage collection contracts to the lowest qualified bidder.
According to city officials, this has put residents in a tough spot, as waste is piling up due to issues involving Red River Waste Solutions, the Texas-based company that took charge of the collection when it proposed. to take the job at the lowest price. Fort Wayne city council is expected to vote on a resolution on Tuesday calling on Indiana lawmakers to make a change that would give cities more flexibility in awarding such contracts.
âI’m supportive,â Carbaugh, a Republican, told ABC21 on Friday. “I filed the bill to make this happen.”
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HB1286 is scheduled for first reading at the House Committee on Local Government on Monday. Carbaugh said he was all for fiscal responsibility, but argues the situation in Fort Wayne shows the risks of pinching pennies without further consideration.
âWe have seen here locally the effects of our current policy, which demands the lowest and most responsive offer,â he said. âIt’s one of those policies that makes sense on paper: that we want the lowest offer. Like many, I don’t want to overpay for services and (I want) to be very responsible with taxpayer dollars, but sometimes you get what you pay for.
The bill notes the “very complex” nature of the collection and disposal of waste and recognizes that “in some cases it may be advantageous for the municipality to award a contract on the basis of factors other than the sole cost “.
ABC21 is due to speak with State Representative Phil GiaQuinta, the Democratic House leader, on Friday night and will have his thoughts on the matter on ABC21 News at 11 a.m.
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